IUFRO News, Volume 51, Issue 10, 2022

Forest Health – Pathology and Entomology - IUFRO All-Division 7 Conference

Report by Manuela Branco, Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 7.03.06 Integrated management of forest defoliating insects https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70300/70306/  and Eckehard Brockerhoff, former Coordinator of Division 7

From September 6 to 9, 2022, approximately 350 delegates (290 in-person and 60 remote) from 41 countries and five continents attended the IUFRO All-Division 7 Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. This meeting was the first joint meeting of the Pathology and Entomology Research Groups since the All-Division 7 sessions at the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg in 2017. The conference was kindly hosted by the University of Lisbon and supported by WSL, FABI, The Navigator Company and Pensoft.

Visit the meeting website: https://iufro-lisbon2022.com/
Download the book of abstracts: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/publications/proceedings-archive/70000-all-div7-lisbon22.pdf

Four invited plenary speakers shared their research: 

  • Maria Rosa Paiva spoke "On the long-distance train to Green Deal – next stop: Insect Semiochemicals".
  • Peter Biedermann described "The role of fungi in shaping the ecology and behavior of bark and ambrosia beetles".
  • Ana Perez-Sierra outlined the "Preparedness and response to introduced tree pests and pathogens in Britain".
  • Mike Wingfield presented "Global tree health in the future: A world of challenges and opportunities".

In addition to the plenary presentations, a total of 26 sessions were held, 224 oral presentations were contributed, and 98 poster presentations were displayed across two poster sessions. The meeting included in-conference field tours to various places in the Lisbon area to observe forest health issues.

At the conference banquet, the following Division 7 awards were presented:
The George Varley Award for Achievement in Forest Insect Ecology was presented to Prof. Manuela Branco.
The Forest Health Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Eckehard Brockerhoff
A new award, the Hartig-Patterson Award for Excellence in Forest Pathology was presented individually to two recipients, Prof. Mike Wingfield and Prof. Brenda Wingfield

The participants of the post-conference field tour travelled to Porto with stops to study Eucalyptus pests in central Portugal and to visit the arboretum (Mata do Buçaco) established in the 17th Century where damage caused by storms and the 2018 drought were observed.

This meeting was the largest in-person event to be hosted by Division 7 since the 2019 World Congress, and it was obvious that the delegates enjoyed the opportunity to interact with each other in person to discuss research ideas. The format of the joint meeting across the Pathology and Entomology Research Groups and Working Parties was highly successful, and the Division is planning to conduct a similar meeting in 2026.

Session on Pine Wilt Disease
After the November 2021 on-line meeting of Working Party 7.02.10 Pine wilt disease https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70200/70210/, a dedicated session was included in the All-Division-7 Conference in Portugal, a country where the pine wood nematode has been spreading since its detection in 1999. A very significative participation was obtained with 14 oral presentations divided into 3 sub-sessions and 15 posters.

The session on Pine Wilt Disease (PWD) aimed to:

  1. disseminate new findings on the invasive Pine Wood Nematode (PWN), its host trees, its insect vectors and other organisms potentially involved, and
  2. promote interactions with colleagues outside the pine wilt disease community.

Find the full PWD session report at: https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70200/70210/

Ghana Hosted 4th World Teak Conference 2022

Report by P.K.Thulasidas, Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 5.06.02 Utilisation of Planted Teak https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/50600/50602/

The 4th World Teak Conference with the theme "Global Teak Market; Challenges and Opportunities for Emerging Markets and Developing Economies" was successfully organized in Accra, Ghana from 5-8 September 2022, for the first time in an African country. The Conference was jointly organized by the Forestry Commission of Ghana, International Teak Information Network (TEAKNET), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Japan, the IUFRO Teakwood Working Party (WP 5.06.02), with the technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome. Conference website: https://www.worldteakconference2020.com/

Around 273 registered delegates from 28 countries representing 5 continents attended the conference to share knowledge and experience and to exchange ideas on the multiple economic, social and environmental benefits that teak resources can provide. The participants represented government institutions, the private sector, universities, research institutes, and forestry student communities, international and non-governmental organizations. Previous editions of World Teak Conferences were held in Costa Rica 2011, Thailand 2013 and Ecuador 2015.

The main topics deliberated during the WTC 2022 included value addition and livelihood enhancement of smallholder teak plantations, promoting responsible teak trade and marketing, tree improvements, management and community forestry and family farming. It facilitated the transfer of knowledge and technology among teak growing countries.

The salient highlights of the summary communiqué for action are:

  • Make available superior planting material to private companies and local communities to improve the planted teak forests.
  • Facilitate capacity building for local community and field workers, particularly in teak management techniques and intercropping of teak with profitable agricultural crops.
  • Establish confidence in teak investments with small holders and farmers through the provision of realistic cost-benefit analyses, market price information and enabling government policies.
  • Encourage smallholder growers to apply better silvicultural techniques, to use intercropping systems in order to bridge the initial years without earnings from forestry, to organize group marketing and to make better use of marketing data and information.
  • Investigate the opportunities of linking teak plantations with carbon credit markets.
  • Commit more resources to research and development to advance the sustainable management of planted teak forests and investigate, in particular, the quality of teak wood.

On 8 September 2022, the participants joined field excursions to three locations; namely, the Kakum National Park and rainforest canopy walkway and Cape Coast castle, the Shai Hills Resources Reserve & Boat cruise, and the FORM Ghana Plantation at Kumasi that offered a better understanding of Ghana's natural environment and its commercial teak sector flourishing in the country.

Read the full report: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/science/divisions/div5/50602/4th-worldteakconference-ghana22-report.pdf

One Big Family – Shaping Our Future Together: COFE-FORMEC-IUFRO Division 3 Joint Conference

Report by Woodam Chung, Coordinator of IUFRO Division 3 Forest Operations Engineering and Management https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-3/30000/

The joint conference of Council on Forest Engineering (COFE), Symposium on Forest Mechanization (FORMEC) and IUFRO Division 3 was kindly hosted by Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A., on October 4-7, 2022. The meeting, which was supported by BOKU, Vienna, Austria, brought together more than 150 enthusiasts in the field of forest engineering to foster knowledge exchange across the world.
Meeting website: https://www.cofe-formec-iufro2022.org

A total of 121 contributions – both oral presentations and posters - from 24 different countries from all over the world were made for this unique in-person and online event. Additional student flash talks, a panel discussion on the future of forest operations and research, and a dedicated session for education added diversity and uniqueness to the comprehensive program. 

After two days of intensive program and discussion, the event ended with a field trip in the surroundings of Corvallis, Oregon, to see forest and harvest management in action. For the very first time, the FORMEC group left its roots behind and joined the COFE community on another continent under the flag of IUFRO.

Conference Proceedings:

Connecting Knowledge and Minds: 2nd IUFRO Division 3 Doctoral Student Conference

Report by Woodam Chung, Coordinator of IUFRO Division 3 Forest Operations Engineering and Management https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-3/30000/

"Connecting Knowledge and Minds", the 2nd IUFRO Division 3 Doctoral Student Conference, brought 15 PhD students to Oregon from around the world. Representing 9 countries in 4 continents (Africa, Europe, North America and South America), the students of Division 3 research disciplines shared knowledge, professionalism and friendship throughout the conference. 

This unique conference was designed for young and energetic students, where attendees had ample opportunity to present their research work, discuss a variety of forest operations and engineering topics and receive feedback from peers in a friendly and constructive atmosphere. Field trips to private forests and local logging businesses provided opportunities to learn about working forests and sustainable forest management in Oregon, while overnight stay in central Oregon and lots of social events helped students to build close relationships, understand different perspectives and engage other cultures.

The goal of the IUFRO Division 3 Doctoral Conference held on September 28 – October 3, 2022, at Oregon State University Peavy Forest Science Center, Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A., was to foster global community and network among future research scientists in the Division 3 research fields.

Meeting website: https://www.cofe-formec-iufro2022.org/phd-student-conference

Abies & Pinus 2022: Fir and pine management in a changeable environment: risks and opportunities

Report by Andrej Bončina, Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 1.01.09 Ecology and silviculture of fir
and Teresa Fidalgo Fonseca, Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 1.01.10 Ecology and silviculture of pine

Fir and pine forests are widely represented around the world and play important ecological, economic and social roles. There are several risks and opportunities to be addressed when managing these forests. Furthermore, climate change is expected to affect fir and pine forest dynamics (regeneration, growth, and mortality), requiring adaptive management strategies. The international IUFRO conference "Fir and pine management in a changing environment: risks and opportunities" was organized with the aim of reviewing past experiences and improving the management of fir and pine in a changing environment while recognizing the risks and opportunities for sustainable management of these types of forests.

The conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 19-22 September 2022, brought together 98 participants from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Ukraine. It was kindly hosted and by the Faculty of Forestry, University of Sarajevo, and supported by IUFRO and the University of Sarajevo. The conference included a study tour to the protected landscape of Trebević where participants were accompanied by Prof. Dr. Sead Vojniković.

Visit the meeting website:  https://www.sfsa.unsa.ba/web/iufro-abiespinus-2022/
Book of abstracts: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/publications/proceedings-archive/10109-10110-abies-pinus22-abstracts.pdf

More than 60 scientific papers and posters were registered at the conference, presenting various problems in the field of fir and pine forest management. The following key issues were discussed:

  • Stand dynamics of fir and pine forests: regeneration, growth, mortality, dendrochronology, and soil fertility
  • Ecology and management of fir and pine species in a changeable environment
  • Gene pool and provenances of fir and pine species: improving their adaptability to a changing environment
  • Providing products and ecosystem services from fir and pine forests
  • Silviculture and management planning given the pressure on wood requirements

The management of fir and pine nowadays represents a challenge for the silviculturists and forest managers bearing in mind that it is necessary to consider potential risks and opportunities for improving management practices. Science has provided useful guidance for the management of these coniferous species. More research needs to be pursued at regional and global levels to help address this challenge. Some of the actions suggested for adaptive management include the testing and use of more impact-resistant varieties of fir and pine, and silvicultural models aimed at minimizing vulnerability such as the use of mixtures, thinning, changes in rotation length.

With this first joint conference of IUFRO WP 1.01.09 and 1.01.10, the organizers aimed to promote and advance research on fir and pine management in a changing environment. The organizers and participants agreed on the importance of continuing the research and communicating the scientific results, making them accessible for concrete application by the communities involved (e.g., researchers, managers, decision makers). A decision was taken on the organization of a new joint event tentatively in South Korea in 2025.

Natural Resources, Green Technology and Sustainable Development

Report submitted by Renata Stojaković, Croatian Forest Research Institute

After the great success of the GREEN2014, GREEN2016 and GREEN2018 conferences and a break due to the pandemic, leading experts from all over the world gathered in Zagreb, Croatia, again from 14-16 September 2022 for the fourth International Scientific & Expert Conference "Natural resources, green technology and sustainable development- GREEN/4". Meeting website:  https://www.sumins.hr/green2022/

The conference was jointly organized by the Croatian Forest Research Institute, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology at the University of Zagreb, Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation, Croatian Society of Biotechnology, Academy of Forestry Sciences, Croatian Chamber of Forestry and Wood Technology Engineers and "Zeleni prsten", a public institution of Zagreb County. It was supported by IUFRO (Divisions 5, 8 and 9), EFI (European Forest Institute) and EBTNA (European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association).

This year's conference gathered a total of 192 participants from Austria, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Great Britain, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, Finland, Romania, Georgia, Norway, Slovakia, Poland, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.

The conference was opened with a plenary presentation titled "Strategic roadmap to assess forest vulnerability under air pollution and climate change" by Alessandra De Marco from ENEA, Italy. She presented the work that was outlined in the framework of IUFRO Research Group 8.04.00 Impacts of air pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-8/80000/80400/.

The five Conference sessions addressed the following topics:
Session A: Environment and climate change
Session B: Plan Extracts - Value-added products
Session C: Biomass for Bio-Based Industry
Session D: Green Technologies
Session E: Ecosystem management and modeling

Taking a multidisciplinary approach, presenters at the conference presented and shared the latest scientific achievements and offered possible answers to the challenges ahead, as well as illustrating new policies, showing innovative techniques and outlining the sustainability of the ecosystems.

Find the Book of Abstracts at:
Find the full report at:

Forest Mensuration and Modelling Chats

Growth and yield modeling of fast-grown intensively managed forest plantations in Chile: A long term collaborative research effort

Report by Bianca N.I. Eskelson, Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 4.01.00 Forest Mensuration and Modelling https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40100/

This webinar on September 27, which was kindly hosted by the University of British Columbia, Canada, was part of the 2022 webinar series "Forest Mensuration and Modelling Chats" initiated by IUFRO Research Group 4.01.00. The webinar series is meant to highlight forest mensuration and modelling research across a variety of research areas and allow for scientific exchange across the globe. A total of 56 participants tuned in from Italy, Sweden, Colombia, Canada, Taiwan, Philippines, South Africa, Myanmar, Costa Rica, Germany, Iran, United States, Chile, Nigeria, Honduras, South Africa, Nepal, Mexico, Pakistan, Greece, Malaysia, and South Sudan.

Dr. Guillermo Trincado, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Forest Science and Natural Resources at the Universidad Austral de Chile, provided an overview of the intensive forest management practices in Chile. He talked about the major plantation tree species, their management practices including planting, thinning and pruning. He stressed the importance of the use and linkages between Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Forest Inventory Systems (FIS), Growth and Yield Modeling Systems (GYMS), and Forest Planning Systems (FPS). He presented an overview of the National Simulation Model (MNS), its capabilities in modeling eucalyptus (EUCASIM) and pine plantations (INSIGNE), and the data used to build the available model equations.

Finally, some practical applications of the developed models for accounting for different establishment techniques and the effects of thinning and pruning interventions on stand growth and value recovery were presented.

Link to Modelo Nacional de Simulación: http://www.mnssimulacion.cl/
Direct link to the video recording: https://youtu.be/Y5n6u2fWUwY

There are two more webinars in this series in 2022:
October 24: "Effects of multicollinearity in model-based inference"
Speaker: Dr. Svetlana Saarela, Researcher in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
November 28: "Field Study on Critical Height Sampling and Its Antithetic Variants"
Speaker: Dr. Tzeng Yih Lam, Associate Professor, National Taiwan University

Video recordings of this and other webinars in the series can be found on the IUFRO RG 4.01.00 homepage: https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40100/

Innovative Tools to Analyze Species-Environment Relationships

Report by Francesco Chianucci, Deputy Coordinators of IUFRO Working Party 8.02.01 Key factors and ecological functions for forest biodiversity https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-8/80000/80200/80201/

The Training School was organized within the framework of the COST Action CA18207 "Biodiversity of Temperate Forest Taxa Orienting Management Sustainability by Unifying Perspectives" (Bottoms-Up https://www.bottoms-up.eu/en/) on 4-5 October 2022 in Grenoble, France, and gathered 30 participants from 13 countries. The Action challenge is to increase the degree of sustainability of European temperate forest management for overall ecosystem (multi-taxon) biodiversity. The Training School in Grenoble was the third of a set of Training Schools aimed at providing theoretical and practical tools for analyzing multi-taxon biodiversity data in forest ecosystems with an emphasis on bridging the gap between theory and practice.

These were the main discussion topics:

  • Species distribution models (SDM): from theory to applications
  • Analyzing species movement data and patterns
  • Modelling multiple-species distribution using advanced statistical tools
  • Open access R tools to analyze species distribution data

The Training School presented the state of the art of established and recent advanced tools to model species – environment relationships. The tools can be adapted to any species/taxon, being highly suitable for integrating multi-taxon studies on forest monitoring. The use of open-access R tools can effectively support the use of models to understand the species adaptation to a changing climate and evaluate the sustainability of forest management to allows resilient species community.

Future short-term missions and Training Schools will be organized by the Bottoms-Up COST Action to further support and create a synergy of local research efforts in a wider international perspective.
Visit the meeting website: https://www.bottoms-up.eu/en/networking-tools/training-schools.html

IUFRO-Mondi Partnership 2nd Think Tank Meeting held in Vienna

Forests and the forest-based industry in a volatile world.
What are appropriate response measures to address future and diverse demands on forests?

By Gerald Steindlegger, ISS, moderator of the meeting

The IUFRO-Mondi Partnership held its 2nd Think Tank Meeting in Vienna, Austria, on 3 November 2022. More than 20 participants representing science, forest industry and policy followed the invitation to identify, discuss and articulate appropriate response measures at various levels.

After a warm welcome from Alexander Buck (IUFRO Executive Director) and Dirk Längin (Group Head of Fibre Sourcing at Mondi Group), Michael Kleine (IUFRO Deputy Executive Director) provided the basis for the discussion by presenting key challenges as formulated in the 1st Think Tank meeting (October 2021) and the 1st Stakeholder Dialogue (June 2022). He summarized major climate-related changes and evolving societal, economic and political frameworks which influence the provision of future diverse goods and services from forests.

An extremely lively discussion followed in four working groups and in the final plenary session. Possible response measures were identified for forest management, policy, industry and science in order to reconcile the different perspectives and diverse demands on forests. 
The full summary of the meeting will be posted at the partnership webpage later this year:

Future central activities of the partnership will include the production of a comprehensive synthesis of existing scientific and technical information on the future supply of goods and services from European forests addressing, besides biological production, the whole range of relevant policy-related and socio-economic factors, and another stakeholder dialogue in summer 2023.

Report on Forests and Human Health on the Home Stretch

Third Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Human Health

By Dikshya Devkota, GFEP Project Manager, Global Forest Expert Panels Programme https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/

As the preparation of a new GFEP assessment on Forests and Human Health advances toward its conclusion, the Expert Panel convened in Vienna, Austria, for a hybrid third and final meeting. The meeting was attended by 23 participants, including the GFEP team, to discuss the review comments, overlaps and gaps between the different chapters, and finalize any arising issues in the drafting process. The authors were also briefed on the upcoming steps in finalizing the assessment, including the editing process, as well as the communication plans before, during, and after the launch of the assessment report.

The GFEP assessment on Forests and Human Health will provide reliable and synthesized scientific information crucial to address the complex relationship between forests and human health in changing global conditions. It will present robust evidence required to efficiently utilize the synergies and achieve optimal trade-offs between human health and the conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of forest ecosystems, their biodiversity (including wildlife), as well as trees in other land uses. The report and the accompanying policy brief will also present response options relevant to the policy context at various levels.

This study will contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by highlighting the nexus between SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being and SDG 15: Life on Land, as well as relevant links to other SDGs. In this context, preliminary findings of the assessment were shared at the All-IUFRO Conference in September 2022 in Vienna and at the FLARE annual meeting in October 2022 in Rome:

The study outcomes are also planned to be shared at the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP-27 in November 2022 and at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP-15 in December 2022. The GFEP assessment report on Forests and Human Health is expected to be published in March 2023.

More information about the assessment, including the list of Panel Members and minutes of the meetings, are available at: https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/gfep-initiative/panel-on-forests-and-human-health/

Recording of All-IUFRO-Conference Session: "Forests and Human Health - A one health perspective" – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXZRds-eDDE&list=PLoCgwC3s55P6lVQwdgsLk07gMC3V31p42&index=4

IUFRO HQ Has a New Communicator on Set: Jose Bolaños - Where Movies and Forest Meet

Though I did experiment with computer science, training and business administration, I have always been captivated by moving images. So, I ended up doing science communications with an emphasis on audiovisual production. Needless to say, producing is all about networking: casting, locations, permissions, etc. That was mostly commercials and some music videos, until I felt that I was kind of missing something. So, moving to Germany to do a masters on International Media Studies at DW seemed to fit like a glove.

I should also say that I lived for two years in India. And that four hours of sitting in a cinema did not bother me. I spoke only a few words in Hindi but enjoyed it all the same. And it is probably worth mentioning that I come from Costa Rica.

So, as it happens, way before I handed in my thesis about media literacy and citizenship, I received a call. It was somebody from the European Forest Institute (EFI). Did I know anything about the science of forest then? No. Challenge accepted. And I am happy to say that I was brought up with a great environment consciousness. I started by improving the website for the Integrate Network. Then produced a short video about forest disturbances. Later I got to learn about anatomy, genetics, isotopes, DART TOFMS, NIRS, and more. And soon after, FOREST EUROPE appointed me to manage the communications of this pan-European process.

Short break here to point out that I did an internship at UNESCO's International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. And yes, you guessed well, one of my goals was to strengthen the links to schools in Latin America. I thought it was fitting considering that I partly studied in one.

So finally, it seems that communications + networking + forest science has branched out of me. Pun intended. And then when I saw the opportunity to join IUFRO, it was no surprise that I was eager to apply. Keep tuned!

Meet Samuel Fajana from Nigeria, IFSA Intern at IUFRO HQ

My name is Samuel Fajana, a final year student of forestry and wood technology at Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. I am also an active member of the International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA) where I have served in the FUTA local chapter. This has offered me opportunities to build a broader network, develop activities to spark action for nature and also gain international exposure and views about forestry.

I recently completed a remote externship program on marine and community conservation hosted by Paragon One in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy where I earned an outstanding completion certificate and also won a seed fund to kick start a conservation project in Araromi Seaside, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Also, I have broad experience in volunteering for NGOs and local conservation organizations in planning and strategizing campaigns and events to educate and sensitize the public on climate change impacts and sustainable actions.

My passion for climate policy, forest science and environmental sustainability fueled my application for an IUFRO internship for September and October 2022. The internship opportunity has helped me to obtain unique and versatile experience and improve my skills for later work engagement in my future career, broadened my network and also gave me a chance to gain an advance knowledge in forest science and policy. I am super grateful for this opportunity I received through IFSA and IUFRO, which has contributed immensely to my career growth.


Guidance to IUFRO Officeholders

A new guidance document is available for IUFRO officeholders outlining the basic values and principles of IUFRO: "Promoting the IUFRO spirit".

It highlights IUFRO's vision, mission, core values and the principle of Freedom and Responsibility of Science of the International Science Council (ISC). All items guide the work in IUFRO and are included in IUFRO Statutes and Internal Regulations.

The document, which will also become part of the orientation package for new Officeholders, can be found, has been added to the Documents for Officeholders at: https://www.iufro.org/media/general-background/

Survey on Sustainable Forest Management

Deadline 10 November 2022

"New concepts, same forests: The role of SFM and other forest-related concepts to solve competing interest and needs on forest ecosystem services"

In the attempt to address the increasing societal demand and policy concern for biodiversity-friendly and climate-resilient forest management, many forest-related concepts appeared in the last decade in the scientific literature and programmatic documents.

As the scientific knowledge is growing, EFI in partnership with USV (Romania) launched a study to understand how SFM is connoted to other forest-related concepts currently abundant in the political debate and scientific literature. The study is based on a literature review and is complemented by a survey to collect expert-based opinions on 17 different forest-related concepts (biodiversity safe-forestry, climate-smart forestry, retention forestry, continuous cover forestry, nature-based forestry, rewilding, etc.).

Find out more at: https://www.iufro.org/discover/noticeboard/other-announcements/  
Take the survey: https://forms.gle/7uqgjbv5WfB3C4u5

Photo Contest – From Woodland to Woodwork

Deadline: 2 December 2022

On the occasion of UNECE 75th anniversary, the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section is launching a photo contest in partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on the theme of "From woodland to woodwork: a photo contest to mark 75 years of UNECE's commitment to sustainable forest management". The contest is entirely on social media and is open to entrants of all skill levels.
For more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/3ESCeB3 

Planet Prize

Applications through the International Science Council process close 14 November 2022.

Frontiers Research Foundation has launched the Planet Prize to recognize and reward exceptional scientists. Three prizes worth a total of CHF 3 million (~USD $3.2m) will be awarded in 2023 to the world's most innovative sustainability scientists who are able to offer globally scalable solutions which protect and restore planetary health. All domains of science will be considered.

Find out more: https://mailchi.mp/council.science/frontiers?e=afaebeb970

Position Announcements


Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension (CE) in Engineered Wood Products and Design
Deadline: 27 November 2022

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) within the Rausser College of Natural Resources (RCNR,) and the Department of Architecture (ARCH) within the College of Environmental Design (CED), at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in partnership with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), invite applications from qualified individuals for the position of Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension (CE) in Engineered Wood Products and Design. Details:https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03586

Assistant Professor of Forest Health
Deadline: 10 November 2022 and open until filled

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in forest health. The successful candidate will build an outstanding and internationally recognized research program focused on biotic threats (insect pests, pathogens, and/or invasive plants) to forest health.
Details: https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/522184/assistant-professor-of-forest-healt



Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Yale Center for Natural carbon Capture
Apply by 1 December 2022

The Center for Natural Carbon Capture at Yale University naturalcarboncapture.yale.edu is accepting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The Center welcomes applicants with research interests across the full range of disciplines related to the Center's three focal areas: Ecological and Biological Carbon Capture; Geological and Ocean Carbon Capture, and Industrial Carbon Utilization.
Details: https://naturalcarboncapture.yale.edu/news/ycncc-postdoctoral-fellowship-program

Power of One PhD Fellowship
Apply by 1 February 2023

The Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) at Utah State University (USU) https://qcnr.usu.edu/ is offering a PhD program for a student from a developing nation. The assistantship covers tuition and fees, health insurance, books and materials, housing and food, and a significant research support component for up to 4 years.
Details:  https://qcnr.usu.edu/graduate/power-of-one


IUFRO-JAPAN News No. 132
The latest issue of IUFRO-Japan News features Dr. Kazuo Suzuki, former IUFRO Board member, as he received IUFRO's Distinguished Service Award (DSA), provides a report on the 26th APAFRI Executive Committee Meeting and reports about the IUFRO-J Institutional Delegates Meeting 2022.

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.html is an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters. Find the PDF at: https://www.iufro.org/discover/noticeboard/iufro-announcements/  

Wildland Fire Smoke in the United States – A Scientific Assessment
This open access book synthesizes current information on wildland fire smoke in the United States, providing a scientific foundation for addressing the production of smoke from wildland fires. This will be increasingly critical as smoke exposure and degraded air quality are expected to increase in extent and severity in a warmer climate. Accurate smoke information is a foundation for helping individuals and communities to effectively mitigate potential smoke impacts from wildfires and prescribed fires.
Editors:  David L. Peterson, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Toral Patel-Weynand
Details: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-87045-4


15th International Christmas Tree Research and Extension Conference
Proceedings from the IUFRO 2.02.09 conference at Fallen Leaf Lake, California, USA, on 5-9 July 2022 are available at: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/publications/proceedings-archive/20209-ctre-proceedings-22.pdf  

All-Division 3 Conference and 44th Council on Forest Engineering and 54th International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization
Corvallis, Oregon, United States, 4-7 October 2022
By Woodam Chung, Christian Kanzian, Peter McNeary (eds.)
Link to online file: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/publications/proceedings-archive/30000-COFE_FORMEC_All-IUFRO3-2022_Proceedings.pdf


New Special Issue of Forest Policy & Economics
A new special issue of Forest Policy & Economics, guest edited by Dr Jude Kimengsi (TU Dresden) et al., looks into forest governance in the context of conflict and development in sub-Sahara Africa. In its introduction it highlights the importance of understanding formal as well as informal forest management institutions and relating conflicts from an actor-centered perspective, in order to inform effective forest policy.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1389934122001599?dgcid=coauthor  (Introduction)

Call for Manuscripts – Assisted Migration in Forestry
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue in the journal Forest Ecology and Management. Climate is changing faster than long-lived forest trees can migrate or adapt, risking adverse impacts on tree growth and forest composition. Assisted migration (AM) is an adaptation strategy for overcoming the gap between a changing climate and an evolutionary response by forest trees.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2023
Guest editors: Prof. John A. Stanturf, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia; Prof. Vladan Ivetić, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia; Dr. R. Kasten Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, Idaho, USA
Details:  https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/forest-ecology-and-management/about/forthcoming-special-issues#assisted-migration-in-forestry

New: Journal of Forest Business Research (JFBR)
JFBR is an international peer-reviewed open-access journal devoted to the science of sustainable business within the forestry sector. JFBR publishes original research and reviews about forests managed as investment, focusing on forest investment, finance and business, forest-related industries and wood market dynamics, forest silviculture and management, and forest economics and policy. The next issue will be published by the end of June 2023.
Deadline to submit papers: 1 March 2023
Details: https://www.forest-journal.com/

IUFRO Meetings

For a full list of meetings go to our online calendar at: https://www.iufro.org/events/calendar/current/
Find non-IUFRO meetings on the IUFRO Noticeboard at: https://www.iufro.org/discover/noticeboard/

11 Nov 2022, 14:00-15:00 EET (UTC+2)
REDD+ and Forest Landscape Restoration: Stakeholder views and potential synergies
Hybrid from Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt
IUFRO side event at GLFClimate: GFEP, SPDC, WFSE
Contact: Nelson Grima, grima(at)iufro.org


  • Nelson Grima, Project manager, IUFRO-GFEP
  • Stephanie Mansourian, Consultant, IUFRO
  • Pablo Pacheco, Lead scientist, WWF / IUFRO-WFSE
  • Michael Kleine, Programme coordinator, IUFRO-SPDC
  • Nathália Nascimento, Researcher, Universidade de São Paulo


21-22 Nov 2022
3rd International Hybrid Symposium of Forest Engineering and Technologies (FETEC 2022): "Forest Transportation Solutions and IT Applications for Natural Disaster Management"
online and Baku, Azerbaijan
IUFRO 3.00.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-3/30000/
IUFRO 3.01.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-3/30000/30100/
Contact: Selcuk Gumus, sgumus(at)ktu.edu.tr
Ismat Bakhishov, ismat.bakhishov(at)azercosmos.az

25 Nov 2022
Webinar: Let's Talk about Planted Forests: Clearcutting
IUFRO Task Force Resilient Planted Forests Serving Society & Bioeconomy
Contact: Christophe Orazio, c.orazio(at)iefc.net

28 Nov – 1 Dec 2022
Taller: Introducción a los métodos de investigación social y su aplicación en las ciencias forestales
Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education https://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/forest-education/
Contact: Sandra Rodríguez-Pineros, spineros(at)uach.mx

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2022
All-Division 1 & 4 Online Discussion Conference: Close-To-Nature Silviculture: Experiments and Modelling for Forestry Practice
IUFRO 1.00.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-1/10000/
IUFRO 4.00.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/
Contact: Jens Peter Skovsgaard, jps(at)slu.se; Donald Hodges, dhodges2(at)utk.edu

1-3 Dec 2022
Polymers and Biorefineries - Session at the BCSIR Congress-2022
Dhaka, Bangladesh
IUFRO 5.07.03, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/50700/50703/
Contact: Md Sarwar Jahan, sarwar2065(at)hotmail.com

11-14 Dec 2022
2nd North American Mensurationists Conference
Portland, Oregon, United States
IUFRO 4.01.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40100/
IUFRO 4.03.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40300/
Contact: Bogdan Strimbu, Bogdan.Strimbu(at)oregonstate.edu

14 Dec 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm CET
Monthly Forest Restoration Talks: Biodiversity as a key asset for forest restoration in Europe
Webinar with speaker: Bart Muys, SUPERB
Jointly organized by IUFRO Task Force ‘Transforming Forest Landscapes for Future Climates and Human Well-Being' https://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/transforming-forest-landscapes/
and EU Green Deal project SUPERB
Contact: Andreas Bolte, andreas.bolte(at)thuenen.de

5-11 Mar 2023
Eastern Africa Regional Alumni Capacity Building and Networking Seminar on "Enabling services from land and water resources through actor-oriented forest landscape restauration"
Kampala, Uganda
IUFRO 9.05.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90500/
Contact: Lukas Giessen, lukas.giessen(at)tu-dresden.de

1 Jan 2023
Forest Tree Workshop at the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG 30)
San Diego, CA, United States
IUFRO 2.04.10, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90500/
Contact: Amanda De La Torre, Amanda.de-la-torre(at)nau.edu

2-4 Nov 2023
12th Edition of International Conference "Wood Science and Engineering in the Third Millennium"
60th Anniversary of the Faculty of Wood Engineering, University Brasov, Romania
IUFRO 5.04.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/50400/
IUFRO 5.05.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/50500/
Contact: Marius Catalin Barbu, marius.barbu(at)fh-salzburg.ac.at

23-29 Jun 2024
IUFRO World Congress
Stockholm, Sweden
Read the Story of the Congress Logo: https://iufro2024.com/new-congress-visual-profile/

Other Meetings

For more non-IUFRO meetings, please check the IUFRO Noticeboard:

17-18 Nov 2022
Forests in Women's Hands: Yes, we do forestry!
Bled, Slovenia
Organized by Fem4Forest Partnership
Registration is open till 10 November 2022!
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Fem4Forest

14 - 25 Nov 2022
World Wildlife Conference: CITES COP19
Panama City, Panama
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

1-3 Dec 2022
Youth Forest Policy Days - Living Libraries Workshop
1 Dec, online
IFSA and Forest Europe
Details: https://ifsa.net/yfpd/workshop/#living-library
Forest Europe Youth Policy Days: https://foresteurope.org/event/youth-forest-policy-days/

7-19 Dec 2022
United Nations Biodiversity Conference: CBD COP15
Montreal, Canada
UN Convention on Biological Diversity

IUFRO News Issue 10, 2022, published in early November 2022
by IUFRO Headquarters, Vienna, Austria.
Contact the editor at office(at)iufro(dot)org or visit https://www.iufro.org/

Imprint: https://www.iufro.org/legal/#c10402